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You asked for it! The Wine Cave is getting a new addition
Maggie and Mark are putting on their hard hats and breaking ground, for a 5,600-square-foot building addition, attached to the north side of the Wine Cave, in May.
As many of our guests have told us, especially in the cooler months, we need a bigger Cave to accommodate visitors.
Work already is underway for site preparation to have the building installed in the coming weeks. The Wine Cave will remain open to the public throughout the short construction phase. We hope to host the annual Wine Club Barbecue in the new addition on June 15.
The addition will allow us to increase production of Maggie's award-winning wines; provide a climate-controlled overflow seating area, as well as, an outdoor seating area under a hard roof and; be a venue for events, weddings and parties.
Maggie and Mark want to thank our loyal friends and supporters who have purchased wine and made this project possible for our mom-and-pop winery. We are excited to be expanding to the next level. We couldn't do it without you and we look forward to serving you wine in the new Wine Cave addition. Cheers to our new adventure!
Latest Wine Cave news from our winemaker, Maggie
It's been a busy spring. In addition to tending to all the details of the new growing season, we also bottled nine different wines in April - mostly our 2018 white wines - including a new blend called Duet, featuring Petit Manseng and Chardonnay.
We already released our two new Ros é   wines, a dry blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedr é and an off-dry called Sunset Sonata, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Petit Manseng. It has been a real crowd-pleaser in the Wine Cave.
Other whites will be released later this summer.
But the much-anticipated, new red wine - a 2017 co-fermented blend of Tannat and Viognier - is believed to be a first in Virginia. Also bottled in April, it was inspired by a trip that Mark and I took to Uruguay in 2017. It was one of the wines featured in the Loudoun Wineries Association's February 2019 barrel-tasting event. Everyone loved the 90% Tannat and 10% Viognier blend that likely will be released, first, in September to Wine Club members before it is released to the public about six weeks later. With only about 100 cases of this special blend, we can't promise it will last long. Join the Wine Club if you want first dibs on our best wines!
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I n addition to wine, cruise participants can choose free excursions, such as, truffle hunting; sightsee at the gothic-style St. Maurice Cathedral; take guided bike tours through Lyon and; visit Le Château de Tournon, for a red wine and chocolate pairing, and Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted.
You’ll sample wines at vineyards in Condrieu and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Both are inspirations for Maggie’s  award-winning Viognier and Captain’s Cuvée.
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Mark's Vineyard Report

All 15 grape varieties that we grow have experienced bud break - when the first bit of green shoots show on the vine. Frost, which has happened as late as May 11 in our vineyard, is a spring-time risk factor. But have no fear. Mark and his frost-busting machines are ready to combat frost, at the first sign.
When we do have to use the anti-frost machines, Mark and his trusty helpers drive around the vineyards, between 2 and 8 a.m.warming and circulating the air, to prevent frost on the grape vines. After a difficult 2018 growing season, we look forward to a "normal" growing season this year.
An often overlooked part of the vineyard operation is grass. In addition to mowing the vineyards, we mow acres of grass areas every week so visitors can enjoy the grounds. It's a lot of work. Just mowing the vineyard rows, alone, we travel a cumulative distance of 60 miles in our water-cooled, diesel Kubota mowers. To give you a reference for that distance, it is like driving from the winery to the White House on a mower!
Mark says it takes two days for an experienced operator to mow the vineyard; it takes a rookie three. Whether you are a mowing expert or a newbie, you have to maneuver the machine to within one inch of the trunks and vines!